No need to struggle through the TV guide, and no need to buy expensive subscriptions. Some of the best series out there are accessible on one of the most common services in the world - Youtube! A bunch of smaller media houses and other up-and-comers have uploaded original content on their Youtube channels, and we’ve picked the ones that are definitely worth your time
(Disclaimer: We haven’t included super popular shows like Little Things and Yeh Meri Family which were eventually picked up by other services, neither have we included shows that initially debuted on Youtube but aren’t available there any longer).
Adulting by Dice Media
Emerging as one of the highest-rated web series of the year, TVF’s Kota Factory is one of the best things to watch on Youtube right now. Created by Saurabh Khanna and directed by Raghav Subbu, it stars current web-series darling Jeetu and is a biting satire on capitalism within our education system, especially at coaching centres and the race to enter significant engineering colleges. But essentially, it is a story of friendships that last forever.
What the Folks
Dice Media’s What the Folks seems simple at the onset - the story of an urban young couple who get an unexpected visit from the girl’s parents, much to the chagrin of the new son-in-law. What could possibly go wrong? Well… it seems that in the pursuit of creating a good impression, everything does. What the Folks packs subtle humour with immensely charming performances from an ensemble cast which makes all the seasons (3, so far) worth watching in a binge.
Three university flatmates form a midnight food delivery service in Baked, which was certainly the right show at the right time. Delhi University is often stereotyped to be the hub for an extreme of aimless meandering youth whose only skill is to light up doobies. Well, that happens here as well. But with meaningful and ambitious characters with real motivations, this is one misadventure that hits close to home for young people everywhere.
We can’t remember the last time India did a good medical show (and the soaps on TV moonlighting for medical dramedies hardly qualify). Don’t be fooled, there are hardly any surgeries and dissections, but there is still very real academic pressure for three unique medical students in their first year. It’s fun, it’s funny and it’s real.
Everything seems to be perfect in the life of Isha, the protagonist of Zoom Studio’s cutesy Imperfect until it isn’t. She’s had plans of her career, marriage, life set out since forever and then everything goes wrong. Enter a fairy godmother. The Cinderella story for the Indian girl-next-door is packed with witticisms and hilarity galore. But the most important part is that the lesson isn’t to have a perfect life, but to find perfections in its imperfections.
Do you even know what it’s like to be a woman, that too in India? Well, look no further because Y Films tells you, and how. Ladies Room is an unapologetic middle finger to regressive notions of femininity and hollow rules of patriarchy. Starring Shreya Dhanwanthary and Saba Azad, it starts off in a washroom, and that’s really all you need to know to know that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill series.
Bang Baaja Baaraat
The big fat Indian wedding is an enigma in itself, especially if the groom and the bride’s family haven’t a) met each other before, and b) are as different as night and day. Pawan and Shahana seek the blessings of his conservative small-town family and her bohemian modern family (with current and former boyfriends galore). And the thing is… their families may just survive it, but will they?
Cheers - Friends. Reunion. Goa
Five years after passing out of college, four friends reunite in the ‘reunion paradise’ Goa to share their experiences from the time they’ve lost out on together. Patralekhaa, Aditya Kumar, Vijay Verma, Jatin Sharma and Aman Uppal give powerful performances in this nostalgic ride. The execution is a bit elusive but at its core is a story that will surely make you want to call your friends or organise a trip.
Love on the Rocks
We’ve had our own version of Modern Love, for those who were hoping to see one. Men’s XP made a short anthology series on the various facets of urban millennial love and most of the stories are as resonant and insightful as you can possibly imagine. Yes, they are ridden with cliches but what else is love. The light look at what makes a relationship tick in a fresh episode each time makes this one binge-worthy.
Another one from Zoom Studios, The Reunion is yet another, well… reunion show. However, this time, it’s four best friends from school who are found under one roof after 10 years. Starring Sapna Pabbi, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Anuj Sachdeva, and Veer Rajwant Singh, The Reunion has immensely relatable characters, many instances of real pain and loss amidst the comedy, a great supporting cast, and real pangs for the school life.
So, what are you waiting for? Enjoy these easy-watches which are perfect for the whole family. For more such lists, log on to LetsOTT.